‘26/11 an attack on democratic freedom’

New Delhi

President Ram Nath Kovind has said the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai were an assault on the “democratic values and freedoms that our Constitution grants us”.

“I refer to the terror attacks in Mumbai on this day exactly 10 years ago. Those horrific images still remain in India’s collective memory. As a nation and a people we are honour-bound to get justice for the individuals and families that suffered.

“The Constitution and its underlying principles commit us to this resolve,” President Kovind said in his address during the Constitution Day function held here at the Vigyan Bhavan.

The Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the Indian Constitution on November 26, 1949.

Justice Madan B. Lokur, the number two judge in seniority in the Supreme Court, called the terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 166 people, an act of “senseless terror”.

“Even today such challenges are thrust upon us by some forces,” Justice Lokur said in his speech.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the 26/11 attack “dastardly”.

Stating that India should be proud of its record of human rights by which terrorists are given a fair trial, Mr. Prasad asked, “But what about the human rights of the victims of terror attacks. How do we balance the two?”

Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal also touched upon the tragedy of the Mumbai attacks while Supreme Court Bar Association president Vikas Singh said, “We should have a law to outsmart the terrorists.”

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